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The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet [Paperback]

Alicia Silverstone
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5 April 2011
After spending more than 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Alicia Silverstone's inspiring guide to eating a plant-based diet has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to a brand new relationship with food and health. Now available as a paperback and printed on 100 per cent recycled paper with earth friendly soy ink, The Kind Diet continues to inspire readers to diminish the role of 'nasty' foods like meat and dairy in their diets in favour of superhero foods that support good health and take a much gentler toll on our natural resources and environment. Sharing the insights that encouraged her to become a vegan and outlining the incredible physical benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, Alicia presents a user-friendly 3-level programme to accommodate everyone - those who just want to 'flirt' with the wide range of readily available meat and dairy substitutes and up their consumption of grains and vegetables, those who are ready to adopt a vegan lifestyle, and those who wish to experience full 'superhero' status with a modified macrobiotic regimen that provides maximum weight loss and health benefits. Striking full-colour photographs and over 100 of Alicia's favourite recipes for vegans and superheroes round out this stunning introduction to the animal-free diet, Equal parts memoir, health guide, and keepsake cookbook, The Kind Diet is sure to make every reader's transition to a plant-based diet attainable, empowering, and delicious.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Incorporated; Reprint edition (5 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609611357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609611354
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation! 17 Feb 2010
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I bought it because I was looking to eat more healthily in general, but it is so informative and so inspriational that I went from being a part-time vegetarian to a vegan within a week of reading it!

It's full of information, advice and encouragement on how to adopt a plant based diet but it isn't pushy. Alicia Silverstone's tone is friendly and upbeat, and you're invited to make as big or small changes as you wish. I would even recommend it to those who have no interest in changing their diet; the information alone on the impact of livestock agriculture on the planet, on animals and on the human body is fascinating and eye-opening.

And even better, the recipes are just fantastic! I have made a number of them and they are truly delicious.

This book for me has really been a life-changer. I urge you to read it!
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125 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise and kind 13 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I knew Alicia Silverstone was a committed vegetarian from her work with Peta and other groups. What I didn't realise is that she was also very into cooking (and eating) good food. 'The Kind Diet' is full of great recipes, from the more indulgent (but still healthy) nudging towards vegan to completely vegan (and gorgeous) right through to the 'Superhero' diet which is more macrobiotic - but still tasty.

'The Kind Diet' is just that and her book is full of compassion - explaining why veganism is better for us, the animals, the environment and the world's hungry. As a long-term veggie and now vegan, I know all of this stuff but I really hope the book opens up the eyes of a new generation. While I love the 'Skinny Bitch' series, they may be a bit confrontational for some. Silverstone's book isn't fluffy - she tells the truth - but she does it in a less judgmental way. It's also very practical - the recipes encourage cooking for a couple of days so you always have a stash of basics such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, pulses etc in the fridge. That way it's easy to create a quick but highly nutritious meal in minutes.

I'm from the UK but familiar with US veg*n books. Some may find it a bit US-based, but check out a good health food shop for the vegan alternatives she suggests; some different brands but most things are available here.

And give it a go. You are what you eat and the rise of the Western diseases of affluence: heart disease in all its forms from high blood pressure to strokes to attacks; most cancers; diabetes type 2; obesity and many more - is a sign that we are more sick than well, despite the fact fewer of us starve and that we have a massive health support network. Too many pills, not enough decent nutrition.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK - I AM A UK BUYER 27 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is not just another celebrity lifestyle book - it is really excellent, adventurous and informative, and yes, if you are in the UK you can source ingredients (health food stores online such as goodness direct are excellent for any specialist items if your health food store locally does not stock - unlikely).
The book is great for long term vegans, those wanting to lose weight healthily, new vegans, vegan dabblers, macrobiotic experimentalists and so a long term vegan, i find it adds a new slant to my eating habits, and refreshes and revitalises my menu ideas, it also reminds me/updates me on my nutritional needs.
Because Alicia Silverstone is more widely known in the US, has many many rave reviews on the book....I love it so much i bought 3 copies, (i can't ever afford to be without this one) and i've bought even more copies to give as gifts.
To the publisher - please do us a KINDLE VERSION - i need this with me when i travel !!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BREATHTAKING; LIFE-CHANGING... 28 Oct 2010
When I first read this book, I found the strengh that I was missing to do what I've alwas wanted to do about food, animals, enviroment... etc. If you buy this item, you'll see what I'm talking about. Great writing, funny pics, lots and lots of information and the most important thing: pieces of advice. Alicia thought of every kind of person when she wrote the book, not just superheroes or vegans.

She did a great job!! LOVE THE BOOK!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent - well done Alicia! 28 Mar 2010
This was really great! It came up in my recommendations because of the other books I'd bought and my first thought was "huh, Alicia Silverstone's a vegan?" So then I had a quick read about it and decided I wanted to read it. It arrived on Friday and I finished it yesterday. The wonderful thing about this book which I didn't notice from the blurb is that not only is it vegan it is also MACROBIOTIC!!! I was so happy, I even risked taking it to the bath on Friday night, even though it's hardcover. There were some reviews like "who needs a book by yet another celeb" but actually it's really very good. I had only read 40 pages on Friday and already I was thinking of people I would like to send it to (if I could afford it).

The book has a preface by Paul McCartney and a foreword by Dr Neal Barnard MD (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)) and is in three parts - the first part is all about food - what's good, what's not, and why, the second part is about changing your diet, stocking your kitchen, getting fit etc, and the third part is recipes. Alicia also tells her own story of how she went from meat eater to vegetarian to vegan to macrobiotic vegan along with her husband. There are also plenty of inspiring stories about other people who have changed their food and saved their lives, plenty of examples of vegan athletes like Carl Lewis, Martina Navratilova, Edwin Moses, Chris Evert, Bill Pearl (Mr Universe bodybuilder) and many more. Also Christina Pirello who I haven't heard of before but she has a cooking show in the US so perhaps someone else has heard of her?

"Christina Pirello, MFN, CCN is one of America's preeminent authorities on natural and whole foods with a radiant personality that only serves to make her message more powerful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
This is an easy reading guide to becoming a vegan. A good place to start. Some interesting recipes are also included.
Published 5 days ago by Gill Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars It makes one think
This book contains some interesting information about why a vegetarian diet can be good for people and for the environment. Read more
Published 13 days ago by ReviewWriter
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality of book a bit poor
Quality of book was poor in terms of the paper which appeared almost a cheap paper or recycled paper however the content is great (if you have the time to read all Alicia's... Read more
Published 22 days ago by SarahTates
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
Very informative without pushing you into a corner, it gives you the facts and lets you decide the rest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stella
5.0 out of 5 stars The sort of advice I've been looking for
Sensible, light-hearted, non-preachy information and advice on how to shift your diet to plant-based food, 3 plans for different levels of commitment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was hoping this would be a good diet for vegetarian's. However it is written for a USA audience and so presents problems for the reader in the UK. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Graham1952
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern, straight to the point
Read this over two evenings and thought it was brilliant. I've removed animal fats from my diet and already in 3wks I feel so much better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book for anyone
This book is immensely readable as well as being good to dip in and out of. Beautifully set out, well illustrated. It really is "kind" in every way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by benthamite
4.0 out of 5 stars This will change how you think
I would highly recommend this book. I'd buy it again.

My mum & I are flirting vegans, and have been for a while. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. J. Godfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
After reading this great book, it help me easier to get over my Milk chocolate and cheese addiction. These were last steps to become vegan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pavla
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